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The Super Bowl
Congratulations on a fantastic issue. Peter Read Miller's POINT AFTER photograph of Alvin Harper "dunking" the football expressed the joy that Dallas Cowboy fans across the country felt on that glorious day.
Eight articles on a game that had a final score of 52-17? I know it was the Super Bowl, but most people I know turned it off at halftime, and you guys devoted a whole issue to it? Your only other coverage that week was a couple of pages on women's basketball and a REPORTER-AT-LARGE about an ice skating marathon in Finland. And POINT AFTER, usually one of your best features, was a complete cop-out, consisting of a Super Bowl photograph. It seems to me that you decided to phone it in that week. Your loyal readers deserved better.
Where were all the great Super Bowl photos? The issue had a nice cover and one good shot of the pivotal Thurman Thomas fumble. The rest of the magazine was a lackluster collection of bad angles and/or poor focus. Boooo!
Visual functions such as dynamic vision, peripheral awareness and visual concentration are important, but visual skills are closely linked to motor memory. You can practice hitting tennis balls all day and not necessarily improve your ability to hit a baseball. Similarly, the visual skills learned in a practitioner's office will help an athlete perform better on tests done in the office, but it is far from certain that those skills will help on the ball field.
Until the needed studies are done, if I had $1,200 to spend and wanted to check my vision, I would go to an optometrist or an ophthalmologist who did not make a living by selling sports exercises. I would then take the $1,100 or so I had left over and spend it on the best coach I could find.
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